REGGIE DOHERTY(GREAT BRITAIN)
Born: 14/10/1872 Died: 29/12/1910
Reginald Frank Doherty was the eldest of the two Doherty brothers and the first of the two to win a Grand Slam title. Reggie was the more skilful of the two and could reputably give his brother a 15-0 start in each game and still win. Doherty was born in Wimbledon and grew up in Clapham, London. Reggie went to Cambridge before he concentrated full time on a tennis career. He made his Wimbledon debut in 1894 and went out in the opening round to C.H.L.Cazalet. The following year he lost in the third round to Herbert Baddeley. In 1896 he lost in the opening round to eventual champion Harold Mahony. In 1897 Doherty made it to the Challenge Round, where he faced Harold Mahony. Doherty’s good all court game was too much for the popular Irishman and he won in straight sets. Defending his title in the Challenge Round the following year, Reggie beat his brother Laurie in five sets. In 1899 he came back from two sets to love down to beat Arthur Gore to take a hat trick of titles. In 1900 he came from a set down to beat Sidney Smith to take his fourth title. However, from then on Doherty's health (which had never been robust) caused his play to decline. Doherty’s winning streak at Wimbledon came to an end in 1901, when Gore beat him in the Challenge Round in four sets. In 1902 Doherty made his debut in the US Championships and benefited from a default from his brother in the semi finals. In the All Comers final Doherty overcame Mal Whitman before losing to Bill Larned in the Challenge Round. His health was a contributing factor to his loss to Larned, as it was a hot day and Doherty showed signs of physical distress. At the same event the following year Reggie gave his brother a default in the quarter finals. Then his poor health ended his singles career. As late as 1908 he won the Olympic doubles with George Hillyard. He died two years later at the age of just 38.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Baddeley 1-0, B.Clothier 1-0, L.Doherty 1-0, A.Gore 1-1, B.Larned 0-1, H.Mahony 1-1, M.Whitman 1-0
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